Six days before Punjab votes to elect a new Assembly,the Bharatiya Janata Party,the junior partner in the ruling alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal,on Tuesday came out with a manifesto promising good governance and a strong Lokayukta. It,however,has nothing new to offer.
While promising to establish an empowered Lokayukta,that wouldnt be a mere paper tiger,and bringing all officials under its ambit,the BJP document says it would make legal provisions to confiscate the assets of the corrupt politicians and officials and declare it as government property – an idea that it probably picked from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
While stating that no one can earn money by adopting corrupt practices,Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley,while releasing the manifesto,said,All the leaders,who have amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income,will face music as their entire wealth would be declared government property.
The manifesto,which was released in the presence of partys General Secretary J P Nadda,campaign in-charge and MP Navjot Sidhu and former state president Avinash Rai Khanna,has also highlighted various scams of the Congress government.
While claiming that promises made during the 2007 elections have been substantially achieved by the SAD-BJP government,Jaitley said round-the-clock power in Punjab would be a reality soon as the four under-construction thermal power plants would be functional in the next two years.
Through the manifesto,electorates have been promised that Centres wrong policies,which have spiralled inflation,would be brought under control,public distribution system would be strengthened and octroi would be lifted from diesel and petrol bringing much needed respite to the city dwellers,as is being given to their rural counterparts. Besides,it also promises to generate new avenues for youngsters and iron out troubles faced by the industry and traders.
Also,the Pakistan borders posts of Attari (Amritsar) and Hussainiwala (Ferozepur) would be encouraged with increased trading activity.
In order to ensure development in education,the recruitment of teachers in state would continue and every girl,student of Dalit and backward class would be given free education.
While the SAD had promised five marla land to the Dalit families in the villages,the BJP has envisioned five marla house to them.
It aims to increase the widow pension to Rs 750,plans to make special arrangements to deal with cases of brides dumped by NRIs and calls for providing free bus journey to women on Raksha bandhan and one-year maternity leave.
The manifesto also covers terrorism-hit families,Press Clubs,journalists,ex-servicemen,NRIs and promises to erect a memorial for Arya Samaj founder Swami Dayanands Guru,Swami Virjanand,at Kartarpur.